I started to use it on the reccomendation of my dermatologist and it worked fine while I had teenage acne, but now, when my skin is only oily it actually dries my skin too much. It was an excellent product, but my skin just doesn't like it anymore. It helped with acne, but didn't do so much with matifying and later it started to dry out my skin, so after I solved my acne problem I stopped using it.
First of all, I live in Israel. Our climate is humid and very hot, so in the end of the day I'm left with greasy face and smudged makeup.
Cleanance is the first moisturizer that leaves my face matte for hours, and doesn't make me breakout.
I'm updating my review. I went through about 4 tubes of this cream. It's a good oil-free moisturizer. You have to know what you're looking for because it doesn't provide too much moisturization. I would have to use Nivea cream on some of the drier areas because this cream doesn't do the job alone (esp. in winter).
Overall, good oil-free cream for your face if you have combo/acne prone skin. It doesn't make you break out but at the same time if you have dry skin...you would be using so much of it as it comes in a small tube. I paid around $30 CDN.
This is a pretty good moisturiser, although I agree with the other comments in that it is not super moisturising, so on those cold winter days something slightly heavier will be needed. However, it does mattify the skin leaving it feeling soft and my skin seems to like it a lot, especially when used with the Cleanance soapless gel cleanser! Definitely give it a try if your skin is not super dry.
Light facial moisturizer, intended for oily, blemish-prone sensitive skin, with subtly mattifying and smoothing effect. Also a decent mattifier on top of sunscreen, can be reapplied during the day.
I use it occasionally, on patches of the dreaded 30-something hormonal cystic acne - chin, sometimes jawline and around nose - affectionately known as "my lady-ghost-beard zone." This skin is otherwise normal to slightly dry, and sensitive, sensitive, sensitive: physically thin/delicate and easily irritated.*
I'd tried out heavier treatments for the old a***. Many were unsuitable as intended for the teenage version. Most were too strong; Cleanance K, for instance, was way too potent - a warning to other sensitives out there with similar skin condition: beware AHAs!
But Cleanance plain and simple was just right. There were a couple of ups and downs; this stuff works better if applied at least 15 mins. after washing and moisturizing (so once skin has settled down), and in a very light coat, patted on or pressed in gently rather than smoothed on.
My other current spot-control tactics: frequent yoghurt mini-mask (5 min) in the morning - general soothing - and honey dabbed on individual spots, left on for as long as possible. Sunscreen; no face makeup; a little arrowroot powder on chin and nose area.
Cleanance consists of a straightforward base, with lots of Avene water plus glycerin and silicones to moisten, zinc gluconate and low-dose salicylic acid (BHA) to deal with pimpliciousness, acrylate microcapsule business, and the enigmatic pumpkin seed oil that the Avene people claim to be "for long-lasting regulation of sebum secretion [...] tightens the pores and purifies the epidermis."
A little goes a long way, and goes on smoothly. Yes, there is a little scent, and yes, it might irritate some people. It's not the worst scent in the world, and it leaves fast. You can even lick your upper lip and tip of nose 5 minutes later and not taste it. This would not be possible with Cleanance K and others.
On other aspects - I found it works well. It does what it says: moisturizes and mattifies. Zits go down, and general zitty texture is evening out. I'm using this occasionally (TOTM), very lightly, on pimplier zones only. I found it irritating if I used more than a tiny quantity: rapid skin redness and inflammation, reduced just as rapidly by washing affected area with cool water and applying cool watr compress.
Incidental use: as a mattifier on top of sunscreen - this is the only way I can use it during the day, effectively buffered.
Cost EUR 12.00 for 40 ml tube. Apparently lots more in the US. Lasts a long time: I can see this tube lasting a good 6 months. Well-packaged, neat white tube with pretty pink decoration.
Two gripes (hence a 4). I might have preferred a flip-cap over the screw-cap, but that's a rather minor gripe. I do also wonder why Avene couldn't make this unfragranced, or use a masking fragrance that would leave this completely odourless - after all, some of their products manage to be unperfumed (amongst others the skin recovery cream, soothing eye cream, TriXera, Tolerance).
INGREDIENTS: Avθne thermal spring water (69%) Cyclomethicone Propylene Glycol Glycerin Polyacrylamide Polymethyl Methacrylate Water C13-14 Isoparaffin Zinc Gluconate (1.0%) Butylparaben Cetrimonium Bromide Dimethiconol Disodium EDTA Fragrance Laureth-7 Cucurbita Pepo (pumpkin seed) oil (0.3%) Salicylic Acid Triethanolamine
*Avene's Skin Recovery Cream and Soothing Eye Cream are working well elsewhere. I'm loathe to be a fan of one brand, but I'm close to that unfortunate condition with Avene. Have loved most of their products thus far, of those appropriate to my skin type. continued >>
I think this is the best moisturizer - oil control lotion I have ever tried. I have extremely oily skin and I have tried every oil free lotion out there. I saw the previous reviews here on Avene products and thought why not give it a try. They carry it at CVS which is very convenient. It controls my oil for hours even under makeup and it does not leave my skin flaky and dry. It truly is made for sensitive acne prone skinand I think that being a water based lotion really makes a big difference. Avene products are now my HG. I use this along with the Cleanance K (exfoliant!) at night and the Cleanance cleanser 2x per day. I also love that Avene products are affordable compared to department store brands and salon brands.
I love this moisturizer, is the best for my skin.
I've been using this for nearly a week and im loving it! I brought it after being very pleased by the Cleanance K treatment and am using this in conjunction with that. They are both doing wonders for my skin, as I have oily skin that is very prone to spots and these products specify that they are designed for this skin type. If you don't have this skin type yourself then don't buy this product! This moisturiser takes away flaked bits of skin, whilst very effectively controlling oil. It also contains salicylic acid, so you can treat your skin continuously throughout the day underneath make up! This product does have a perfumed smell to it, but I actually like it so it doesn't bother me at all.
I'd hoped I would fall in love with this moisturizer, as I have such luck with the accompanying cleanser. While the water-light consistency is nice, the scent is a little overpowering, and the actual moisturizer does little of anything. It sinks in quickly, but doesn't feel it actually moisturizes (although I like to think it has some hydrating qualities), and it does not, despite its claims, mattify. So for $26CDN/40ml, this will most definitely not be a repurchased item for me. Effaclar is a much better product, at the same price point.
This is marketed as a matifying moisturizer for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, which I have. In fact I'm so acne-prone that all moisturizers except this one break me out. They can be as oil-free (and claim to be as non-comedogenic) as they like, moisturizing lotions and gels break me out. (I could get into a long rant about the legal definition of 'oil' not covering all substances that behave like 'oil' or the lack of a definition of what is comedogenic, but I won't.) Point is, my skin needs moisture some times (mostly in winter, mostly not in summer), and pretty much all commercially available products with moisturizing properties also contain substances that mess up my skin. I'm not saying I've tried them all, but I'm 31 and have tried to find a moisturizer that works for more than half my life, and have tested the most basic and the high-end and really quite a lot of those in between.
This is the ONE that does not make a mess of my face.
It is not very matifying (I use powder for that). The moisturizing effect is quite moderate, but that's what I need. Probably not sufficient for drier skins, but it's perfect for me.
Did I mention that in addition to being acne prone, my skin is also very sensitive? Now all other moisturizers have given me zits, and quite a few have also given me other bad reactions (rashes, swelling, flakes, stinging - the list of ugliness and discomfort just goes on and on). None of that with this. Absolute love my saviour moisturizer.
And, as I've been using it well over a year I think it's safe to assume that any bad reactions would have happened by now. Plus, Avene is not expensive here. Ooh, I'm almost feeling enthusiastic enough to do a little happy dance for Avene, but I'm at work and trying to look professional and busy so that won't do.